Tly promoted by Erle Ellis and others around 2012 De Chardin had the scientific creds he was trained as a geologist and paleontologist and worked in China on the then newly discovered Peking Man De Chardin saw The End of Nature coming Bill McKibben 1989 We humans are in control now we are the main geologic agent and if an animal species or a forest survives it s because we allow it to do so We Are Nature frightening as that may beDe Chardin basically lays out the Gaia hypothesis James Lovelock Lynn Margulis Andrew Watson 1989 Organisms don t just volve in response to their Math Basics 6 environment but help shape it Writ large thearth is Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, evolving into a self regulating organism The analogy of black and white daisies regulating heat aka Daisyworld is anxampleWhen I was in grad school there was much discussion of General Systems Theory The First Ghost especially Von Bertalanffy s 1968 work of that name All about hierarchy and how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts In particular de Chardin notes the million fold increasing levels of hierarchical complexity from atoms to molecules from molecules to cells from cells to organs from organs to organisms from organisms to brains and from individual human brains to themerging collective noosphere Some of his thoughts about the rise of the West parallel many of those in Jared Diamond s 1997 work Guns Germs and Steel which also parallels a lot of Ellsworth Huntington s 1945 work Mainsprings of Civilization minus the racism and heavy dose of nvironmental determinism of Huntington De Chardin also proposes the idea that nothing can volve that is not incipient in its precedents An inescapable conclusion is that rocks have feelings and molecules have thoughts Naturally a lot of scientists have no use for his work More on that below He also prefigures many modern ideas such as that there can be no such thing as complete scientific objectivity Teilhard s main thesis to the Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential extent that it can be summarized in a couple of sentences is that the divine directed goal ofvolution is the creation of a sphere of interconnected human thought that he calls the noosphere Sphere is used in the same sense as atmosphere lithosphere hydrosphere The noosphere is a collective interconnected human psyche and it s a humane human psyche dependent upon interconnectedness and caring for ach other Human behaviors such as suicide drugs and isolation are its antithesis So here is a Catholic priest a Jesuit writing all this stuff Yet I do not recall a single mention of the word God or Christ in the body of the work Instead he writes of the Omega Point He does talk about how the work relates to Christian doctrine in a postscript Naturally this did not meet with the approval of the Church De Chardin was banned from publishing his work while he was alive and at times was banned from teaching and from writing at all He had an arrangement with friends to publish his work after his death 1955 so this work was published in France in 1955 and translated into English in 1959 Yet ultimately the work is deeply religious He argues at one point I m paraphrasing don t worry about things like climate change nuclear war or a stray asteroid wiping out civilization CAN T HAPPEN The Purpose of cosmogenesis is noogenesis and the Purpose of noogenesis is Christogenesis And in fact he writes you will have a lot less anxiety if you accept this idea that there is a Purpose to all this The reader can see that in writing such things not to mention rocks and molecules having incipient thoughts and feelings mainstream scientists dismissed him as readily as the Church didI like the fact that de Chardin did not attempt to carefully walk a tightrope between science and religion He said what he had to say and therefore went splat on the sidewalk on both sides of the rope with no apologies Agree disagree this is one of the most thought provoking books I have read Certainly the noosphere is a concept that deserves thought Will we nd up like those grade B sci fi movies shown at 300 am brains in jars connected by wires No because with wi fi we won t need wires Every month it seems we read of a new development connecting thoughts to computer devices for those controlling robotic arms for Humanism example Can it be all that long before we can choose to share our brain waves with others Well written intellectual but wrong bookDe Chardin tried to connect the unconnected things Christianity naturalism pantheism and nietzscheanismAllegedlyvolution and natural selection have led to the birth of men In turn men can become supermen and create the God by a method of mergingThe author makes Smokin' Hot extremely doubtful assumptionsForxample an initial substance supposedly has a consciousness or spirit and this has led to the Placing Memory emergence of life In addition de Chardin ignores many facts In particular natural selection reinforces thexisting norm and doesn t lead to the perfectiondevelopment of lifeRandom mutations lead to degradation and death and not to the developmentHuman nature is depraved and puny specially in comparison with the scale and age of the UniverseTwo Stars In spite of the three star rating I do think this book is absolutely worth reading and reading again Chardin was an ordained Jesuit priest but also a trained paleontologist who worked with the team that discovered the Peking Man fossils so j Although he was a priest in France he is best known for his work in paleontology when he was a curator in the Museum of Natural History in Paris He has rendered the subject of volution asily accessible to all and his point of view complements that of Darwin in many ways For xampleHis Chapter called The within of Things states the presence of a soul Wanton Nights even for the non livings which sounds like a common sense to me The chapters The rise of Consciousness and The confluence of Thoughtscho what Jung had confirmed independentlyIt may sound like an intellectual read but it s not His modesty comes across all through. Ons the human future in its globe and motion then forward through the While My Soldier Serves emergence of life the birth of thought and socialization and the uniue mode of human unfolding as humanity covers the whole planet in anntirely new membrane the Noosphe.
I ve known Teilhard de Chardin s name and influence ven long before I became interested in religion myself and this book was a long time in coming And a long time in finishing it just didn t woo meHis prose is stronger than his argument His science is not up to modern standards but nor in many ways his own What continuously bothered me was how often he resorts to normative statements analogies between unrelated things and such to make both scientific and theological claims Yes volution resembles a tree if you graph it on paper but that does not make it a treeAll in all very proto New Age stuff to me Fanciful analogy I don t dislike his attempt at a synthesis or a grand scope of things only the result This was great reading in the first and third parts of the bookthough the middle almost killed me with its technicality In the ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe early 20th century Pierre Teilhard became a forerunner in integratingvolution with a theistic worldview but the greatest import of his work was that he took a dead The Fiend Next Door eye shot at predicting where naturalisticvolution was heading Advancing beyond mere rosy humanism Teilhard fervently believed in the ons long progress of hominization the coming to being of humanity He xpresses god like patience by saying After all half a million years perhaps பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் even a million were reuired for life to pass from the pre hominids to modern man should we now start wringing our hands because less than two centuries after glimpsing a higher state modern man is still at war with himself This seems to be the real crux of the book The spiraling paths of progress may not advance much in our lifetime but the history of life in the universe has shown that progress is all the history of biological development hasver revealed Speculate rather how can there NOT be progressunless life ceases to be altogether We have no precedent for progress NOT being made in some corner of the universe And while this development may appear to leave some species behind while focusing on a tiny growing tip of the universe Teilhard develops the idea The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 early that nothing in the universe is really detached from anythinglse If we can accept that proposition which he spends some time in constructing then we can accept seeing or being an ostensibly forgotten tail while the rest moves ahead Absolutely no pun intendedTeilhard writes to buttress hope in a secret complicity between the infinite and the infinitesimal to warm nourish and sustain to the very A Meditation on Murder endthe consciousness that hasmerged between the two It is upon this complicity that we must depend Teilhard marvels at this complicity what is it that causes objects in space big and small to attract to ach other He theorizes somewhat courageously that ven the basic attraction of objects in the universe towards Travis each other to which we apply the name of gravity is a type of materiallyvidenced love This may sound romantic and completely absurd to our western sensibility but as Dr Sten Odenwald astronomer at NASA s Goddard Spaceflight Center stated on his website astronomycafenet in reply to a uestion about our knowledge of gravity We don t really understand ANYTHING about our physical world at the deepest level such as why does gravity xist Why couldn t love nlarged to subsume the law of mutual attraction that binds the universe together seek also the unification and concord of human spirits Would that really pose a problem in a cohesive theory of physicalrelational life To assume that love is merely an AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 emotion and that humanity is so different a phenomenon as the rest of nature is to miss the mark Teilhard boldly reasons The only universe capable of containing the human person is an irreversibly personalizing universe And so the universe iso ipso irreversibly personal Shouldn t that logically The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? establish that human love has its root in a larger universal principle that has alwaysxisted like verything lse from the beginning in what Teilhard calls an obscure and primordial way Teilhard s conception of an Omega Point of absolute human union globalized love is The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online entirely pertinent in our culture of social networking It represents the acme of human connections relationship to the nth degree in what he calls the noosphere mind sphere a matrix of highly concentrated and involuted communication or inter thinking as Julian Huxley put it in the intro Modern globalization may be bringing us closer in the next century to Teilhard s reckoning uicker than he could have imagined When he adduced that totalized love would be impossible tonvision by mere rational projection it suddenly struck me by all the signs of instant communication and complex social networking as very possible indeed Distance doesn t dilute dreamsonly our grasp of them Once again doesn t all human progress signify the Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet eventualmergence 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) evolution of a perfect union A universal love is not only psychologically possible it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love This seems to me what we all want what is woven into our religions and our highest technologicalscientific aspirations and yet some will laugh at it as if it was a silly dream But nature has taught us to hopeHis views on the awakening human mind and self awareness were certainly intriguing I ve always thought that the idea of a universe groping towards consciousness and unified fulfillment throughons of volutive progress is very romantic The impression isn t necessarily that God is waking up through a pantheistic becoming but that the mind of God is somehow imprinted and bound together with the materialpsychical world while xtending beyond it panentheism The goal of awakening and full being is included in his Omega Point I was a little disappointed with the chapter The Christian Phenomenon which seemed to toss his original ideas and intellectual tour de force into the catch all domestic doctrines of orthodox Catholicism It was as if he was offering something truly novel only to conclude with A New Edition and Translation of Le phénomène humain by Sarah Appleton Weber with a Foreword by Brian Swimme The Human Phenomenon by the priest paleontologist and geologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is his book of the Earth a discovery
Unworthy bow The Church was right all along Uh bait and switch anyone Of course knowing the history of Teilhard s censorship by the church this contriteness may have been what got the book in print after all Now I understand Teilhard s trying to harmonize the symbolic content of religion with the flat data of science but I m pretty sure his work a day science did a good Your Everyday Art World enough job paying tribute to his religious beliefs possibly outstripping them a tad By his own admission his ideas weren t meant to be taken as strictly science but rather an interiorisation of matterven leading some to wonder if he had been leading them through facts through metaphysics or through dreams To which I think Teilhard would cheerily reply Yes Criticizing any claim to pure objectivity he reminds us There is less difference than people think between research and adoration I have a feeling that the thoughts and ideas introduced and reinforced by this book will be with me for a while The it sits with me the it makes a deeper change As with Why Photography Matters every book I read if you would like a copy of a few pages of great lines from the book send me a message and I ll get it to you It s great fodder for thought and discussion This book intends to describe the past and futurevolutionof life Many of the scientific concepts Doreen Valiente Witch expressed in thefirst half of the book have been superseded by recentdevelopmentsFor me the main interesting concept in the book is the assertion that human consciousness is an aspect ofvolution Also that Duty Free Murder evolution has a goal ie the increasingcomplexity of human consciousness called noosphere whichwill culminate in the final super humanized form p 259which the author calls the Omega pointSince the author was trained as a priest it would have beenhelpful if he had given insight as to whyhow religionplays such a large part in human consciousness It is a tragedy that Teilhard de Chardin was not allowed to publish or teach his ideas in his lifetime His work is so steeped in a deep understanding of paleontology andvolutionary biology that it holds up remarkably well today ven if the sections of this book that deal with those particular topics seem very dated His scientific background is really just a support for this book s philosophicaltheological core and that is the other thing that makes this book so striking if you knew nothing of its background you wouldn t realize you were reading the work of a Jesuit until Book 4 a few hundred pages in Regardless of what you may believe religiously or know scientifically this is deep thinking on human volution that will challenge and inspire any reader Essential reading for anyone interested in Hsi K'Ang and His Poetical Essay on the Lute evolution theology or philosophy in general I personally approached it interested in its spiritual concepts so I found a fair portion of the middle of the text rather slow and inaccessible due to its focus on the scientific specifics ofvolution details that are probably outdated today anyway which doesn t help But there are nough interesting lines images and trains of thought throughout to make the whole read worthwhile and the last third of the book in particular gets into some really interesting if brazenly biased spiritual territoryIn my opinion Teilhard is at his best when he xplores overtly the spiritual reality of mankind describing it with a sense of optimism and purpose while couching it in the volutionary framework that he presents and to be fair that is ssentially the crux of the ntire book it just gets lost in the mix at times Even when he wears his Christianity on his sleeve which while definitely a flaw in his otherwise fairly comprehensive system of thought is kind of cute it is apparent that he has nothing but the best at heart for his species a sense of spiritual well being and a connection with something greater ie The Omega Point in this case a head scratcher of a notion but it almost seems like one of the reasonable albeit still arbitrary defenses for Jesus as the divine ntering into the world that I ve heard Much like Kierkegaard Teilhard what s with these ard guys anyway constructs a wildly intriguing system of ideas around his faith system and in doing so gets at some really important truths while completely missing out on othersI would recommend this book with the ualification that recent integral philosophers present a tenable approach to its key points ie the within of things Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 evolution as increasing consciousnesstc and a comprehensive view of Witched At Birth (A Paris, Texas Romance, evolution in general Teilhard de Chardin was both a Jesuit priest and a paleontologist He found that his scientific work supported his beliefs as a priest His argument is of a stunning simplicity 1 matter organizes itself towards life 2 life organizes itself towards Christ 3arthly matter has only transformed itself into living matter once and no longer does so 4 man cannot repeat the original transformation of matter into life in a laboratoryThe implication of this is that the volution of life on this planet is a divine process as much as it is a natural process I ll start this review by asking How prescient can one person be Completing this book in 1940 de Chardin could not have predicted the Internet but if you read about his concept of the noosphere you realize that if he were alive today b 1881 d 1955 he would look at the Internet and say That s it I knew it would be something like that If you read science books and have not yet read Teilhard you know what you need to do Right or wrong De Chardin is one of the few scholars who have ven attempted to come up with an answer to the unanswerable uestion what is the goal of Smalltalk: Die Kunst des stilvollen Mitredens evolution Few books I have read attempt to deal with such BIG thoughts And rather than attempt to summarize all his thinking I ll just try to catalog some of the things that in my opinion he predicted or prefigured in this workThe very modern idea of the Anthropocene the idea that the most modern geologicalra is due to human influence Most recen. Nd an Burkes Christmas Surprise epic journey to open the way out for humanity in a time of world conflict and to release the spirit of the Earth As Virgil led Dante so Teilhard guides his reader back in space–time toxperience the birth of our planet as it mpris.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit paleontologist biologist and philosopher who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution In this endeavor he became enthralled with the possibilities for humankind which he saw as heading for an exciting convergence of systems